Title success with Giants is a highlight of my career: Tyler Beskorowany
Netminder Tyler Beskorowany has described the Belfast Giants' campaign as his "best season ever" after they won the Elite League title in dramatic circumstances.
The Giants finished top of the table with the Cardiff Devils on 92 points after the Welsh side lost 3-1 to the Coventry Blaze on Sunday, with Adam Keefe's men named champions having won more games in regulation.
Goaltender Beskorowany was exceptional throughout, working to a superb .921 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average, leading the league in both.
It saw him named one of two Players of the Year at Sunday's end-of-season awards night, a fine reward for what has been a stunning first campaign in teal.
But his influence on the team went a lot further than just on the ice, with the 28-year-old widely praised by his team-mates as being one of the leaders in the locker room.
"Personally, it's been my best season ever. The number of games I've played and the numbers I've put up throughout the season, it's been really good," said Beskorowany.
"Whether it was a game against Dundee or Manchester, or it was a game against Cardiff or the Continental Cup, I felt like I rose to the occasion every time.
"What a feeling. We really didn't expect this to happen, I don't think any of us did."
The league title, along with the Challenge Cup secured last month, are the first trophies Beskorowany has won as a player at any team, making the victories even more special for the former Dallas Stars draft pick.
So, where does the title win rank in his career highlights?
"It's right up there," he said. "I think getting drafted was probably No.1, but this season alone is a really close No.2. Actually, I'll call it 1b!"
Coming into the team at the start of the season after a rough year with the Edinburgh Capitals, it was hoped Beskorowany could return to the form that saw him named DEL Netminder of the Year back in 2015.
Within a few games the Giants knew they had something special, the Ontario native pulling off a series of jaw-dropping stops and keeping teams at bay as they picked up some key early wins.
He was one of the first ones to sign on to Giants head coach Keefe's team before the season and Beskorowany says he has been proven right over his choice to join the side.
"With this organisation that's here, it's top notch. It's one of the best organisations I've ever played for," he said.
"When I saw the signings coming in, I knew we had a chance of winning several trophies, so to have won two out of three is one of my best accomplishments in my career."
The big question now is what next for the netminder, who has made no secret of his desire to return to the DEL having had success there in the past.
Despite becoming a fan favourite at the SSE Arena, and knowing he's a superstar in the Elite League, it's not a certainty he'll be back next season.
"It's going to be tough leaving this place," admitted Beskorowany. "I have another year of school to finish so I'll be back eventually, if not next year then I think I have three or four years to finish.
"At the same time I have to go where I can play at my full potential and make a little bit of money while I can and then worry about the rest after that."
Before he can think about next season, however, there's one more thing to do.
"We have to remember the job isn't done yet, we still have one more trophy to win," insisted a determined Beskorowany.
"Now it's the play-offs, and hopefully we'll win another one."